The Modern Tour is the official tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture + Design Center! Complimentary admission to the A + D Center is included in the tour.
A portion of all fees supports the mission of the Center. To date, we have given over $175,000 to the Architecture + Design Center.
We are beyond thrilled to announce that noted architectural historian Alan Hess, for a limited time, will be leading our Summer tours. The author of 20 books on modern architecture, and widely considered to be one of the greatest architectural historians of his generation, Alan's genial manner, vast knowledge and wonderful communication skills will inform and delight all of our guests!
WE GO INSIDE PRIVATE HOMES ON ALL OF OUR TOURS
Enjoy a highly curated tour of some of Palm Springs' finest examples of Mid-Century Modern architecture and design. Tours feature both interiors and exteriors and lasts approximately 2-1/2 hours. Please visit our RESERVATIONS page for inquiries.
View the work of noted architects, including Richard Neutra, Donald Wexler, Albert Frey, E. Stewart Williams, William Krisel and William Cody.
Celebrity homes include Frank Sinatra, William Holden, Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and numerous others.
Residential interiors of some of Palm Springs' most fabulous homes are featured on the tour. All guests receive a complimentary copy of the Julius Shulman: Desert Modern film, which has aired on PBS.
Tours for individuals and small groups desiring Private Tours are available for an additional fee of $1,000 (not per person) which is added to the per person fee of the desired tour.
Discretion is assured for our high-profile tour guests.
SEE BELOW FOR ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS
THE ADDITIONAL TOUR OPTIONS ARE NOT ALWAYS AVAILABLE
$200 per person
Corporate Tours and Event Planning are also a specialty. We have done tours that range from 10 guests to more than 150 guests. We have done tours for Nike, Interior Design Magazine, Amazon, Cadillac, NBC, The Getty, the American Institute of Architects, Louis Vuitton, Dior and many more. Please see our Corporate and Group Tour page for additional info.
ALBERT FREY HOUSE II
We are now showing Albert Frey House II ("Frey House") (1964) on select tours. This is one of the most iconic and spectacular residences in Palm Springs. Its innovative nature virtually transcends the realm of architecture placing this home closer to the realm of art. It is a unique home situated on an elevated site with stunning views of the valley below. Please let us know if you would like us to inquire about the availability of the Frey House for your tour. Visits to the Frey House incur an additional fee of $50 per person. The Frey House tours are offered exclusively as an add-on to our standard tour, which features additional interiors. Visits to the Frey House require advance reservations with a minimum of 48 hours notice. As the official tour of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, we are given special consideration to view the house, however, please note that it is not always available. Tours that include the Frey House are 3 hour tours (a 3 hour tour...) Tours of the Frey House are not available on weekends or during Modernism Week.
Dr. Franz Alexander House
We are thrilled to be showcasing the Dr. Franz Alexander House as an add-on to our standard tours. The house was designed by the immensely imaginative architect Walter White and was completed in 1955. The house hovers above its hillside site and the swooping curve of the roof dramatizes the wonderful views of the valley below. Visits to the Dr. Franz Alexander House incur an additional fee of $50 per person. The house was recently listed on the National Register of Historic Places in large part for its unique and spectacular architecture.
Frederick Loewe Estate
It is an honor to be showing legendary Broadway composer Frederick Loewe's amazing estate. The house sits on 2-1/2 acres of gloriously landscaped gardens on an elevated site with wonderful views of the valley below. Visits to the Frederick Loewe Estate incur an additional fee of $50 per person and are subject to very limited availability. It is AMAZING. Scroll down for a view of the dining room. NOTE: This house has very sporadic availability.